We are a community of grace (broken people in need of unmerited love) desiring to grow in the values of genuine worship, family, and kingdom based in the saving news (the gospel) of Jesus Christ. Take a look below for more about our mission, values, and history.
God’s grace compels us to lead spiritually convinced and unconvinced people to complete commitment to Jesus Christ.
Grace | Worship | Family | Kingdom
God loves us…
And he loves us even though we do not deserve his love because of our rebellion against him. In fact, he loves us so much that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place – to pay the penalty for our sin. That is what the bible means by grace. It’s God’s riches at Christ’s expense. And it’s undeserved. And it has the power to change everything. If you want to read a verse or two in the Bible about it, look up Ephesians 2:4-10 or Romans 5:8.
Worship begins to happen when we respond to grace by investigating and responding to God’s great love for us. We do that by building a loving, growing relationship with him. The more we understand and experience his grace, the more we will desire to love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul. Worship includes singing, praying, and giving, but it really is a total life experience. When it comes to worship, Romans 12:1-2 help to set the foundation for us.
Become part of His FAMILY
When you respond to God’s grace, you become part of a new family – the family of God (see John 1:12 & Matthew 12:46-50). By family, we mean that we belong to one another and that we are designed to do the Jesus-centered life together — not alone or apart. We want to grow in our love for one another as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
Extend His KINGDOM
When we use the term Kingdom, we are talking about sharing God’s transforming grace with others around us, in the city, and around the world, just as God shared it with us in his Son, Jesus Christ. This includes both acts of mercy and justice as well as verbally telling people about Jesus Christ and how they can be saved by his life, death, and resurrection. Want to read for yourself what Jesus has to say about the Kingdom of God? Check out Mark 1:15, Matthew 6:10, and Matthew 6:33. Another set of foundational verses for us in this area is 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.
Christian Assembly started out with a few people in a small group years ago out of the Azusa Street Revival movement. It actually was called “Italian Christian Assembly” when the church first began as the first members mainly consisted of Italians in the area. The church has a history of thinking outwardly as one day when the church bus was driving about town, people asked if they could come to the church. That’s when the name changed! Literally, the word “Italian” was painted over on the bus and the church name of “Christian Assembly” was established. The culture of being a welcoming and open place to everyone is something that has stayed with our community of faith through the many years. Check out this history video for more info on our story:
Statement of faith
The sole basis for our belief is the Bible, which is uniquely God-inspired, infallible, and the final authority on all matters on which it speaks. As the Bible teaches, there is one God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – each possessing all the attributes of deity.
God created humans to have fellowship with Him, but they defied God by sinfully going their own way. As a result, we need God’s saving grace to end our alienation from Him. Salvation comes only through God’s grace – not human effort – and must be received personally by repentance and faith.
Jesus Christ, second Person of the Trinity, was born of a virgin named Mary. He lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily and necessarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross as our substitute. This accomplished salvation for all who trust in Him alone. Jesus rose from the dead and is the only mediator between us and God. He baptizes believers in the Holy Spirit. He will return to earth to consummate history.
The Holy Spirit draws sinners to Christ and equips believers for personal growth and service to Christ and love for others. The church’s role is to glorify God and serve those in need. At the end, everyone will experience bodily resurrection and the judgment. Only believers will enjoy eternal fellowship with God.